Montefiore Einstein Department of Medicine

Eight Medicine Faculty Elected to Davidoff Society

Eight members of the Einstein Department of Medicine faculty were elected to the Leo M. Davidoff Society this year in recognition of their excellence in teaching of medical students. They were recognized by the Einstein Medical Education Council at an awards reception on May 3, 2012 in Lubin Dining Hall.

The new Internal Medicine inductees (listed in alphabetical order) are:

Naheed Ansari, M.B., B.S., Assistant Professor, Medicine/Nephrology, Jacobi Medical Center

Robert Goodman, M.D., Assistant Professor, Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center

Douglas Hirshon, D.O., Assistant Professor, Medicine, North Central Bronx Hospital Center

Belinda Jim, M.D., Assistant Professor, Medicine, Jacobi Medical Center

Lakshmi Paruchuri, M.B., B.S., Assistant Professor, Medicine, Jacobi Medical Center

Julie Schwartzman-Morris, M.D., Assistant Professor, Medicine/Rheumatology, Jacobi Medical Center

Melissa Stein, M.D., Assistant Professor, Medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Division of Substance Abuse

Daniel Steinberg, M.D., Assistant Professor, Medicine, Beth Israel Medical Center

Nominations for membership in the Davidoff Society are solicited in January of each year. Nominees must have faculty appointments at Einstein and demonstrate evidence of excellent teaching of medical students for at least five years.

The Leo M. Davidoff Society honors teachers who have made significant contributions to the education of students at the Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Davidoff was born in Latvia in 1898, immigrated to the U.S., and began his medical training at Harvard. In 1954, he became the first chair of the Department of Surgery at Einstein, and five years later in 1959, the Chair of Neurological Surgery. It was his work as Associate Dean with responsibility for education, as well as his love of teaching, that caused him to be remembered as the respected and beloved teacher of many who trained at Einstein. On the occasion of Dr. Davidoff’s death in 1976, his wife, Dr. Ida Davidoff, herself an Einstein faculty member in Psychiatry, established the Leo M. Davidoff Society in his memory. As of today, nearly 300 Einstein faculty members have been honored with membership in the Society.

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